My favourite Drosselmeyers……

are without question Li Cunxin and Dominik Slavkovský.

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Li Cunxin with Queensland Ballet photo by David Kelly

Magic happened when Ballet Star Li Cunxin, was lured out of 18 years retirement for a special performance of the NUTCRACKER with the Queensland Ballet. Taking to the stage in Brisbane for one night only, the 56 year old dancer delivered a mesmerizing performance. While Drosselmeyer is predominately a character role, Li incorporated his own choreography – adding pirouettes and jumps to the performance. His twists and turns hinted at his past brilliance.

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Why Ballerinas Break in New Pointe Shoes

Interview with Ballerina Lou Spichtig, Queensland Ballet

Why are the brand new pointe shoes so uncomfortable? Are yours tailored and hand made?
Pointe shoes are made to be hard and rigid in order to support your entire body weight on a platform only a few centimeters wide. I wear custom made Bloch pointe shoes now, and while it did take a long time to find the right fit, I now hardly have to do anything before wearing them.

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Disney’s Nussknacker und die 4 Reiche

Zuviel Zuckerguss und zu wenig Ballett!

Wochenlang habe ich mich auf den neuen Disney-Film, eine Neuinterpretation des berühmtesten Weihnachtsballetts NUSSKNACKER, gefreut. Als Primaballerina wurde die fantastische Misty Copeland vom American Ballet Theater angekündigt, als Partner der berühmt berüchtigte Sergei Polunin. Ein wirklich vielversprechende Projekt!

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How Ballerinas Customize Their Pointe Shoes

A big Deal for every Ballerina!

As we all know breaking in new shoes is hard work. Pointe shoes must be broken in to reach the perfect state. Many ballerinas destroy their brand new pointe shoes even before dancing in them.

Each ballerina has her own routine how to customize the fit and support her dancing style. Hours were spent on scraping, ripping, crushing, sewing, and burning, only to end up with a shoe that is uniquely tailored to the ballerina.

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Die Liebe liebt das Wandern

Berührende Uraufführung des Balletts Zürich von Schubert’s WINTERREISE  am 13. Oktober 2018

Das erste Ballett von Ballettdirektor Christian Spuck in dieser Saison ist die WINTERREISE – ein Zyklus von 24 schauerlichen Liedern, wie sie Franz Schubert selbst nannte. Es geht um die verlorene Liebe eines jungen Mannes, der durch die düstere Winterlandschaft wandert, um seinen Liebeskummer zu überwinden. Gefühle wie  Trauer, Leere, Todessehnsucht, Verzweiflung und Verletztheit sind das Thema der Lieder. „Mein Herz ist wie erfroren, Kalt starrt ihr Bild darin: Schmilzt je das Herz mir wieder, fliesse auch ihr Bild dahin.“

Ballett Zürich - Winterreise - 2018/19

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TOP 15 Greatest Dance Movies

What is your favorite dance movie?

Dance Movies are always fun. Thinking of my favorite ones it is very difficult to say which I like the most. There are so many kinds of Dance Movies around, from the classical masterpiece with Gene Kelly „Singing in the Rain“, some sweet 80s dance movies like „Flashdance“, to the more modern street dancing movies like the Step up street dance battle.

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How pointe shoes are made

The secret inside of pointe shoes    

No, they are not made out of wood, and there is no steel in the flat tip! The tip is made of densely packed layers of fabric, cardboard and/or paper hardened by glue. Being extremely sturdy makes it possible to balance the entire weight of the ballerina’s body on a small platform. The rest of the shoe consist of materials such as leather, cotton and satin. The right and the left shoe are identical.

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